It became clear as soon as the background information about Bergdahl began coming out that the left would say the right was swiftboating Bergdahl. After all, as I wrote previously here, “swiftboating”:
…has become a synonym for “a political low blow.” And of course, in the eyes of the MSM, it tends to be the province of those nefarious Republicans.
Forget about whether the charges are actually true or not; that’s a minor quibble, hardly worthy of consideration.
In the case of those who criticize Bergdahl for being a deserter or worse, not only are their charges against Bergdahl almost certainly accurate, but the accusers (like Kerry’s, the original Swift Vets) are veterans who did serve honorably in the military, unlike Bergdahl. So the parallel is almost irresistible to the left.
What’s more, it’s one of the few defenses available to them for Obama’s actions in freeing Bergdahl in exchange for the Taliban Five. The Bergdahl affair has been distinguished for being so egregiously awful—so nakedly political, so dangerous, so full of knave/fool possibilities and lies—that even the left is hard-pressed to find a silver lining there.
I’ll make another prediction. If those freed Taliban leaders end up doing something vile, whether it be limited to Afghanistan or whether the harm is directed more pointedly at Americans somewhere else, the people who tie it to Obama’s decision to swap the Taliban for Bergdahl will be accused of using the Willie Horton ploy against Obama.
[ADDENDUM: Apparently I'm not the only one who has thought about the Horton meme in connection with the Bergdahl prisoner exchange: James Taranto has written about it as well.]